The Language of the Fan
Resting closed fan on the right cheek - Yes
Resting closed fan on the left cheek - No
Fanning with left hand in front of face - I wish to meet you.
Fanning with right hand in front of face - Follow me.
Drawing the open fan slowly across the cheek - I like you.
Placing the tip of the closed fan to the lips - I love you!
Slowly open and shut fan - Kiss me.
Fan presented shut - Do you love me?
Very slowly shut the open fan - I promise to marry you.
Twirling fan in right hand - I am watching you.
Twirling fan in left hand - I love another.
Shaking closed fan - You are very improper!
Quickly open and shut fan - You are cruel.
Touching closed fan against the left ear - Go away!
Drawing the fan through the hand - I hate you!
Gazing pensively at closed fan - You misunderstand me.
Drawing open fan sideways across the eyes - I am sorry.
Clasping hands under open fan - Forgive me, I beg of you.
Touching tip of the fan with index finger - I must speak to you.
Opening the fan to show a certain number of sticks - At this hour.
Covering the left ear with open fan - Do not betray our secret.
Fanning quickly - I am engaged.
Fanning slowly - I am married.
Holding fan open wide - Wait for me.
Placing open fan over the heart - You have my heart.
Placing closed fan against right temple - I'd like to see you again.
Placing the fan behind the head - Do not forget me.
Fanning with little finger extended - Goodbye.
Waving with closed fan - I wish to always be near you.
Adapted from James McKay's book Fans: Ornaments of Language & Fashion